Confronting Physician Assisted Suicide Analysis

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In the story “Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My father’s death by Susan Wolf, I would also be “forced to rethink my objections to legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia” (Wolf, 2008). I have been around someone special that was in a situation similar to this one, where a person life is on the line. Making critical decision to help someone leave this world quicker to ease their pain and suffering from their condition. This matter is something that can be taken lightly. Making a final decision on ending a person’s life to keep them from suffering can be hard to imagine doing. Watching someone suffer so much hurt my heart. Some people would say ending a human life by means of mercy-killing is murder in the technical…show more content…
There seem to be two overarching principles supporting the legalization of physician-assisted: autonomy and mercy. I believe that “the principle of autonomy, or self-determination insists that terminally ill patients have the right to extricate themselves from pain and suffering and to control as much as possible at the ends of their lives” (Battin, 1998). Many people that support this issue believe patients living in a state of agony due to terminal illnesses have a right to cease their pain and die with dignity. People have the right to choose between life and death during times of immense pain when death is closely inevitable anyway. Some where you have people against the situation. They think it is not fair to let sick patients have the right to refuse medication or some forms of…show more content…
Proponents view expediting death as an action of merciful compassion in that it may be the only way to relieve intolerable suffering and to allow individuals to have control of their own lives (Pretzer, 2000). Although some argue it is unethical for doctors to actively assist in ending someone’s life, some also argue that not doing so in certain situations would actually be more unethical. I feel that doctors have the obligation to do no harm to patients, but to the best of their ability at all times. The supporters of physician- assisted interpret this to mean that physicians should do anything they can to keep patients out of prolonged pain and suffering (Battin, 1998). It is the duties and responsibility of a doctor to assist a dying patient in having a comfortable, easy death, which in some cases may call for physician-assisted suicide, assuming it is the patient’s wish. When patients decide to end their lives, because of sickness they are tired of suffering, it would be much better for them to be able to do so in a peaceful way. This will provides the dying patients with dignity and grace as they leave this

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